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Meeting Agenda

Join us in Bermuda for the 45th GPA from 15th – 20th October 2023


Please note that the framework provided below is tentative and will include additional sessions,

bilateral meetings, and social events throughout the week.


Online event registration available here!!

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Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will feature an opening keynote address, panel discussion and a performance by the Gombeys.

Open Session

The Open Session is open to the local and international business communities for registration and will highlight panel discussions on some of the most relevant global 'privacy' topics.


Sunday, October 15th, 2023 

6:00pm          Event Welcome – Her Excellency the Governor of Bermuda

Keynote – Dr. Charlotte Andrews - Head of Cultural Heritage, The Bermuda National Trust

*Introductions provided by The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda and the Chair, Global Privacy Assembly.

6:30pm          Session 1:  Privacy Law Developments in the Caribbean Community 

Panel Lead/Moderators

Stewart Dresner – Chief Executive, Privacy Laws & Business

Laura Linkomies – Editor, Privacy Laws & Business

We are delighted to welcome the GPA to our corner of the world with this regionally focused panel. In this session, our discussions will provide a round-up to compare and contrast current national privacy laws and issues in the Caribbean region, as well as exchange experience from new data protection authorities in small jurisdictions and from organisations facing compliance challenges. Join us to see how privacy and data protection rights are being built right now.



Dr. Patrick Anglin - DPO, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Lisa Greaves - Data Protection Commissioner, Barbados

Bartlett Morgan - Director of Chancery Advocates in Barbados

Dr. Marisa Stones - Cabinet Office, PATI/PIPA Unit - Government of Bermuda
Laura Schwartz -Henderson - Advocacy and Research Advisor, Internews, US

Michael Wright - Data Protection Commissioner, The Bahamas

7:45pm          Opening Reception

Hosted by The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda


& Sponsored by Bacardi Ltd







Monday, October 16th, 2023 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)            

9:00am           Opening Declaration/Introduction

9:05am           Welcome

The Hon. Vance Campbell, JP, MP - Minister of Tourism and Cabinet Office (Bermuda)

9:15am           Advancing Technology Policy: A Fireside Chat with Deirdre K. Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan - Principal Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Head of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)’s Technology policy team
Jules Polonetsky - CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

9:45am           Coffee Break

10:00am         Session 2: Clear and Present Harms

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Commissioner Patricia Kosseim - IPC Ontario (Canada)

What is privacy regulation supposed to achieve? How do we calibrate both the harms and benefits of data processing? Why does a reflection on the societal harms of technologies like AI matter? These are some of the questions to be discussed during this important session. Discussion will include the role of data protection authorities as front-line defense, as well as the reasonable, appropriate and fair use of data within the context it was intended.


John Edwards - Commissioner, ICO, UK

Kashmir Hill* - Technology Reporter, New York Times

Dr. Teresa Scassa - Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa
Rebecca Slaughter - Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Dr. Jeni Tennison - Connected by Data, UK
Zee Kin Yeong - Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law

*pre-recorded contributor


11:15am         Session 3: What Can DPAs Learn from Other Regulators?

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Claudia Berg - General Counsel, ICO (UK)

In this panel, we will explore the intersection of privacy and other regulatory spheres, such as competition law, to discuss the substantive or perceived tensions and synergies. This session will reference case studies that show ‘real world’ examples and talk about the practical realities and lessons for cooperation between different types of regulators that can provide mutual benefits in regulatory action.


Dr. Ana Brian Nougreres - Special Rapporteur on the right to Privacy, United Nations

Ulrich Kelber - Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Germany

Jessica Rich - Kelley Drye & Warren
Ashkan Soltani - Executive Director, California Privacy Protection Agency


12:15pm         Lunch

Sponsored by IAPP

1:30pm          Session 4: Financial Services and Data Protection

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Vivienne Artz, OBE – Intelligent Data Advisory Limited

This panel discussion will focus on the innovative privacy and data protection issues faces by the financial services industry. From anti-money laundering to Central Bank Digital Currencies, digital assets to the global inter-connectivity of financial services systems, this panel will explore how the personal information requirements of financial services can be successfully integrated with privacy and data protection responsibilities.


Lori Baker - Vice President - Legal and Director of Data Protection, DIFC

Jem Davis* - Data Protection Manager, Bank of England

Karamoko Dickens - Co-founder and C.E.O., Conci Bermuda Limited
Tami Dokken - Former Chief Data Privacy Officer, World Bank

*pre-recorded contributor


2:45pm          Coffee


3:00pm          Session 5: Shifting Focus - Looking Towards AI and Emerging Technologies

Panel Lead/ Moderators

Caitlin Fennessy – VP, Chief Knowledge Officer, IAPP

Brenda Leong – Partner, BNH, AI


Never before have emerging technologies had such a profound impact on privacy. This panel session will discuss the continued expansion of artificial intelligence systems, in particular Machine Learning systems, for an analysis of what DPAs must consider in order to evaluate "fair" outcomes, along with data protection requirements impacting AI and other emerging technologies. How can DPAs identify and address the risks around new AI applications? Does AI fit into existing regulatory models? Where do those models fall short, and what new oversight tools should be considered?


Dr Halefom Abraha - Postdoctoral Researcher, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford

Che Chang - General Counsel, OpenAI

Philippe Dufresne - Privacy Commissioner, Canada
Guido Scorza - Garante Italia

4:45pm          Exclusive side-event brought to you by Future of Privacy Forum



Public Data, Free For All? Global Advances in Protecting Publicly Available Personal Data

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 (9:00 am - 7:00 pm) 

9:00am           Session 6: Risk is our Business

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Trevor Hughes – President and CEO, IAPP

Data protection authorities and organisations that use data must examine and understand risks in order to accomplish their respective missions while protecting the rights of individuals. In this panel, we will engage in a discussion on the nature of risk, how to quantify and explain risk, and how regulators can best set their expectations for risk-based decisions and identifying and mitigating harms in context of beneficial uses of data.



Kirsten E. Beasley - Head of Office (Bermuda), Willis Towers Watson

Mar de Espana - Director, Spanish Data Protection Agency

Naomi Lefkovitz - Senior Privacy Policy Advisor in the Information Technology Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Emma Martins - Data Protection Commissioner, Guernsey
Anu Talus - Commissioner Finland/ Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)

Susanne Williams-Charles - Director of Policy and Regulation, ABIR


10:15am         Coffee


10:30am         Session 7: Indigenous Perspectives on Privacy

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Commissioner Michael McEvoy – OPC BC (Canada)


11:45am         Giovanni Buttarelli Award 2023


12:15pm         Lunch


1:30pm           Session 8: Data Transfer Mechanisms

Panel Lead/Moderator:

Bojana Bellamy – President, CIPL

The panel will assemble experts to discuss the various global efforts to promote consistency and interoperability in data transfers. What do these efforts have in common? Where are the divergences? Our session aims to capture the momentum on various developments regarding international data transfers law, policy, and practice, and to discuss the shared path forward, in which we as a global community can encourage and offer practical solutions and best practices for enabling trusted and accountable data flows that benefit individuals, organisations, governments, and our digital societies and economies.


Beatriz de Anchorena - Director of AAIP, National Data Protection Authority, Argentina

Yuji Asai - Commissioner, Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan

Elizabeth Denham, CBE - Chief Policy Strategist, Information Accountability Foundation

Bruno Gencarelli - Head for International Affairs and Data Flows, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Neema Singh Guliani - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Alex Joel - Senior Project Director, American University of Washington College of Law

Immaculate Kassait - Data Protection Commissioner of Kenya


2:45pm          Coffee


3:00pm          Session 9: Call to Action

                       Panel Lead/Moderator:

Commissioner Alexander White – Bermuda

Teki Akuetteh - Founder & Executive Director, African Digital Rights Hub

Malcolm Crompton - Founder & Partner, IIS Partners

Eduardo Ustaran - Partner, Hogan Lovells

Wojciech Wiewiorowski - European Data Protection Supervisor

Zee Kin Yeong - Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law

Dr Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna - Vice President for Global Privacy, Future of Privacy Forum



Exclusive side-event brought to you by META




AI and Society: Opportunities and Challenges for Responsible AI Development

Moderator: TBD


Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our world. From powering voice assistants to detecting fraud, AI is used in a wide variety of ways to improve how we live and work.

In addition to the flashy examples of AI, such as self-driving cars, facial recognition, or personalization, there are numerous other use cases of AI. In healthcare, AI is utilized to develop new drugs, diagnose diseases, and provide personalized care. In finance, AI is harnessed to detect fraud, manage risk, and make investment decisions. In education, AI is deployed to personalize learning, provide feedback, and grade assignments. In customer service, AI is in use to automate tasks, answer questions, and resolve issues. These are just a few examples of the many use cases for AI. As AI technology continues to develop, we can expect to see even more innovative and ground-breaking applications of AI in the years to come.

This panel will explore the many faces of AI. Experts will share how state of the art AI technologies generate impact in their respective sectors. The speakers will also discuss the ethical implications of AI and how to ensure that AI is developed in a responsible manner.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023


4:00pm          Report from the International Working Group on Data Protection in Technology (IWGDPT)

Panel Lead/Moderator:


Ulrich Kelber - German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Secretariat for IWGDPT / "Berlin Group”


4:30pm          Exclusive side-event brought to you by CIPL






               Responsible AI in Practice: Risk Assessments, Responsibility of Different Parties, and Transparency



Bojana BellamyPresident, CIPL

The era of artificial intelligence and machine learning is upon us with all its benefits and promises as well as risks and challenges. This event will explore a range of important questions associated with the responsible development and deployment of AI and consider concrete examples of current best practices and attempts to address the risks and challenges.

Closed Session

The Closed Session is scheduled for Wednesday, 18th October through Friday, 20th October from 9:00am – 2:00pm daily and is available to GPA Membership only. Additional (closed) side events are listed below.
Note that supplementary events that are open to all attendees are listed above as part of the ‘Open Session’ Agenda.

Closed Session Side-Event

Wednesday, October 18th (3:00pm – 3:55pm)

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Side Event



Sharon Azarya
Guilherme Roschke
Brent Holman


A series of informative and thought-provoking topics have been selected by the Programme Advisory Committee to be featured in short video recorded interludes throughout the programme agenda, a sample of topics and speakers are listed below:

FemTech - Ana Karen Cortés: Abogada Experta en Protección de Datos Personales y Derechos Digitales

Intersection of privacy as a right and harm frameworks - Prof Ryan Calo: University of Washington

Reading minds: Neuro privacy - Susie Alegre: author 'Freedom to Think'

What Data Protection is NotProf Dan Solove: George Washington University Law School, President and CEO TeachPrivacy

The Thing Speaks for Itself: Case study in granting legal personality to inanimate objects - Prof Gehan Gunasekara: University of Auckland Business School

Data Protection as a Corporate Social ResponsibilityProf/Dr Paolo Balboni: European Centre on Privacy

Identifying Dark Patterns - Luiza Jarovsky - Lawyer, Ph.D. researcher: Author of 'The Privacy Whisperer', and CEO at Implement Privacy

Political Targeting on the Internet Commissioner Meike Kamp: Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

A Cannon-Shot Rule for DataCommissioner Alexander White: Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda


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